Migration to Synology DS 214

I have been an avid user of my 1TB MBL for a few years now, and the time has come to replace it. The drive itself is still functioning and in perfect working order, but I have decided to upgrade to a Synology DS214 with 2 x 2TB drives.

The main reasons for this are that:

a) I have more storage room for easy upgrading in the future

b) The data is mirrored on the second drive by the use of RAID 1.

Now, I have quite a bit of data on my MBL (around 500GB), and wondered if there was an easy way to migrate all this data in one move to the Synology. I am aware of using a safepoint backup to get the data to the other drive, but if I remember correctly, the data is hidden away inside several folders on the drive, and is not an exact “replication” (ie, all the shares mirred in the same way).

I am also aware of RSync, but not too ofay with Linux, so would rather use a GUI based solution.

Are there any better solutions out there, or if anybody has anymore information on Safepoints, then any guidance will be much appreciated.

I am still an avid WD fan (as I only ever use WD Hard Drives for their superb reliability. My MBL was a great starting point for my first ever NAS.


I do not believe there is a GUI solution, at least not one with direct traffic between the NAS devices. 

The one I can think of, will require you do some linux commands. 


FTP directly is another option, but then, it would be just like rsync. And needs to be done via CLI.

The simplest solution would be to map a drive for each NAS and copy/paste. However, like I said, data will flow as follows:

MBL -> PC -> Sysnology.

rsync would be my recommendation. Actually, keep the MBL as a backup for the Synology for the VERY important data. You can use rsync for it.


Also, just want to share this link with you, just want to make sure you understand the difference between redundancy and backup.


Thanks Shabuboy.

I have a 1.5TB USB HDD that Ill use as the backup drive for the Synology. There is a USB port on the Synology to enable this to happen. This can then be stored in a remote location (making sure the data is backed up)

I think ill try rsync, but the problem with that is the machine issuing the rsync command needs to stay powered on during the sync, but I suppose its a small price to pay.

Thanks for your help on this one.